Andrew Jones, a bodybuilder, suffered heart failure at the age of 26 and now he is fitted with an artificial heart and carries a pump in a backpack. His symptoms became visible in 2012 when he found himself struggling for a breath during a run. Gradually, his health deteriorated and two years later, he started to cough up blood and was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy.
Cardiomyopathy is a grave condition that affects the shape of the heart which results in reducing its ability to pump blood.
As the disease progressed, Andrew Jones was not able to stand, walk or dress. Suffering from severe physical pain, he had no choice but to leave his job. Seeing his condition getting worse with every passing day, doctors advised him to have a transplant immediately else he would die. Initially, there were no organs available, so he was fitted with a Pacemaker.
Later, Andrew Jones went for a transplant and an artificial heart; the two tubes that exit his body were connected to a machine which he carries around in a bag. The machine delivers compressed air into the ventricles to allow blood to be pumped through the body.